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    by Published on 12-24-2010 01:39 PM

    Troopers are the embodiment of the Republic military’s highest aspirations—the most advanced fighting force in the galaxy. They are equipped to face any foe in any environment, but it’s not their gear that makes them tough—it’s their courage. The Troopers’ greatest weapons are their indomitable spirit, their unwavering sense of duty, and their undying loyalty to each other and to the ideals that the Republic represents. ...
    by Published on 12-03-2010 05:03 AM
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    The Old Republic offers a wide variety of crafting skills, and we’ve already revealed three of the six. Today, I’d like to show you a bit about a fourth: Armstech. Armstech is the ability to work with hard metals, alloys, and synthetic materials to craft blasters.

    When we designed the Armstech crafting skill, we envisioned what materials make sense in The Old Republic. We spent hours reading online, referencing books and novels, talking with colleagues, and utilizing all the Star Wars™ resources we could find to help define the perfect materials for Armstech. Once we laid out the materials, the rest of the system fell comfortably into place.

    Players who choose Armstech as their crafting skill will be able to create a wide range of blaster pistols, blaster rifles, sniper rifles, and assault cannons. To create these powerful weapons, you’ll need to get your hands on the right materials. Scavenging, a gathering skill, supplies the metals, alloys, and other materials you’ll need for Armstech.
    by Published on 11-26-2010 03:05 AM
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    I love how amazingly good the character graphic detail is looking.

    Details on five new galactic inhabitants are now available on the HoloNet! Read up on the dangerous Terentatek and Vine Cat – you don’t want to go up against these creatures unprepared. Also, find information on the legacy of the red-skinned Sith Pureblood, descendants of the original Sith species. And don’t forget about the droids! You’ll find data about the M3-M1 Medical Droid and the S3-F5 Inclement Condition Probe. The galaxy is full of fascinating occupants, so make sure to check the Inhabitants holorecords frequently for new updates! ...
    by Published on 11-19-2010 02:32 PM

    The Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ galaxy is rich with valuable resources, high-tech schematics, and intriguing opportunities, but what hero has time to devote themselves personally to so many pursuits? That’s where your crew comes in. The Crew Skills system allows you to take advantage of everything the galaxy has to offer without getting in the way of your adventure! You’ll assign your crew of companions to gather resources, craft useful and valuable items, and even to undertake their own missions, bringing you and the rest of the crew a variety of benefits and rewards. Crew skills keep you in the action while you take advantage of all the galaxy has to offer!

    Your Starship is home base for you and your crew. While you’re exploring the galaxy and progressing through your storyline, you can relay orders back to the ship. You’ll be able to assign tasks to your companions to gather resources, to craft items at the ship’s workstation, or to embark on special missions. Based on their personal backgrounds, some companions will be more proficient with certain skills, and the higher their opinion of you, the better they’ll perform across the board.
    by Published on 11-05-2010 03:32 PM
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    The developers also presented an overview of The Old Republic's crafting system. BioWare announced they will use a Crew Skill crafting system. Using their ship as a base of operations, players will be able to send their companions on crafting tasks, and particular companions excelling at specific duties.

    This Crew Skill system will be divided into three majors groups: Gathering, Crafting, and Missions. We were given two examples for each major group: Gathering will be comprised of jobs like Bio Analysis and Slicing, Crafting includes Artificer and Bio Chem, and lastly Missions will involve activities such as Diplomacy and Treasure Hunting.

    Companions utilizing Diplomacy can spread influence and change morality alignment points, while those seeking Treasure may find rare items based on a random number generator. The Bio Analysis example illustrated a logical dependence of gathered material to create a crafted item; using the skill on a dead creature produces components for use in creating stimpaks as a crafted item in Biochem. They also mentioned in passing that crafting would be a key part of their yet unannounced Auction House system.
    by Published on 11-05-2010 11:27 AM

    Alderaan's Warzone "will be an 8 vs. 8, objective-based PvP with a goal of controlling planetary defenses, and provides rewards in the form of tokens and XP." The first team to destroy the other team's capital ship is the winner.

    SWTOR will incorporate Warzones as just one of the forms of player versus player combat, and a brief mention the planet Alderaan would feature a Warzone without any significant details. Yesterday, we learned that Alderaan's Warzone will be an 8 vs. 8, objective-based PvP with a goal of controlling planetary defenses, and provides rewards in the form of tokens and XP. Although we asked, we don't yet know if there will be any group size scaling for Warzones.

    by Published on 07-11-2010 12:19 PM
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    Game Testing for Star Wars™: The Old Republic™ is underway! Those selected to test will gain access to the game and be able to provide valuable feedback to help us tune particular areas of gameplay and begin the process of balancing and tweaking our content.

    Game Testing is an on-going process being rolled out in several phases. These phases began with smaller, more focused tests with community members from North America, and later will expand to other territories. Users selected for the test program will be notified via email with more information on accessing the Game Testing Portal. If you’ve not been chosen yet, you may be selected in the next wave!

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